Two and a half years ago, a night that began with an underage student drinking at parties and bars ended in tragedy: a DWI crash that left three dead.
Chandler Kania was sentenced to a maximum of sixteen years and four months in prison for involuntary manslaughter and one count of reckless driving in October 2016. That said, the story continues to unfold as .
Settlements are still being reached among the parties involved in the wrongful death lawsuit.
Shawn Howard, the lawyer representing the victims’ families, said claims against both UNC students who hosted the pre-game party Kania attended prior to drinking at La Residence and He’s not Here had been resolved.
“Pursuant to our settlement agreements, the terms of those settlements are confidential,” Howard said. “At the conclusion of the case, we are likely to be able to indicate the total settlement and/or verdict amounts received by the families of the victims.”
Howard said the lawsuit is scheduled for trial in June 2018, and his efforts are currently focused on preparing his client and their case for trial against the remaining defendants.
“We have also settled claims with the insurers for the family of Chandler Kania and He's Not Here,” Howard said. “There has been no settlement reached with La Residence or the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.”
Aaron Bachenheimer, executive director of community partnerships at the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement, said there have been multiple programs and initiatives in fraternity and sorority life to manage drinking and safety.
“In my time working with fraternity and sorority life at UNC, since the 2010-2011 academic year, we’ve had a pretty strong focus on what I call ‘risk-management and harm reduction,’ overarching health, safety and wellness education.”